Explore BrainMass

Self esteem across cultures

One of the important personality factors is self-esteem. Everyone values themselves in one way or another and makes positive or negative conclusions based on their own feelings of self-esteem. These conclusions affect a person's further decisions and behaviour, including aspirations for promotion.
At the same time, not all societies accept open expressions of self-esteem. Consider what would happen if you said to your colleagues: 'I am probably the best cloud computing specialist in this company'.

Presume for now that the statement is correct and that you are the best cloud computing specialist in the company. Submit a paper in which you discuss the following:
Describe how you think your colleagues would likely react if you made such a statement and why you think they would react in that way. Support your description by accounting for the common cultural expectations in your company and cultural expectations common for people in your country. If you think your co-workers' reaction would be different than what would be predicted by the common cultural expectations in your company and/or country, be sure to justify this with additional information and context.

Solution Preview

For the purpose of this assignment, I will take this situation in the context of an American organization that has employees from America as well as other countries such as China and India. I am the American employee who claims to be the best cloud computing specialist in this company.

My company's culture is American. As employees, we are expected to align with the American culture of the organization. American culture scores quite high on self-esteem. The individualistic American society fosters self-directed behavior among its people who value autonomy, control and self-direction in their lives and hence, are not shy from openly expressing their capabilities, achievements and strengths. Collectivist societies such as Indian or Chinese society value conformity with society and hence, are not too expressive in terms of self-esteem.

If I made such a statement in front of my American colleagues, I would not expect negative reaction because Americans score high on self-esteem or in other words, they feel quite positively about themselves. As compared to their Asian counterparts, Americans like to describe or portray themselves in a much more positive themselves. Hence, my American colleagues' reaction would have been positive. Hence, my behavior would be considered quite normal by my American colleagues who would ...

Solution Summary

The expert discusses differences in self esteem in American and Asian cultures.